Matt Denny with state and national medals he won early in 2011.
Matt Denny with state and national medals he won early in 2011. Gerard Walsh

Weighed down by medals

MATT Denny won the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year award at last night's awards at the Condamine Sports Club.

The Allora athlete won the $500 cheque from the Warwick Credit Union after breaking two national records in 2011 and winning four gold medals in Australian championships.

The announcement of the winner was made by Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz.

He set new records in the under-16 hammer throw at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney and finished the year in December with another record in hammer throw at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships.

At the end of 2011, he held two national records in hammer, six state records and 14 school/club/regional and local records.

Denny is currently ranked first in his age group in Australia in 4kg hammer, 1kg discus and 4kg shot.

He won his first junior sports star of the month award two years ago.

Denny is not the first winner of the award from Allora. Current Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds netballer Laura Geitz and Queensland Reds rugby union forward Greg Holmes are past winners.

Like Denny, Holmes was a field events star before starring in rugby union while a boarder at Downlands College.

Denny has won top player awards with Wattles in rugby league but such is his dedication to athletics, he has taken a break from a sport in which many of his family have succeeded.

Warwick junior golfer Sam Foley won the Doc Bodimeade Encouragement Award after a year in which she won the Queensland Women's Country Championships at Capricorn Resort.

She received a $250 cheque from Condamine Sports Club president Guy Sugden and Jacqui Bodimeade, the wife of Doc Bodimeade, one of two men who started the ball rolling for the establishment of the sports club.

Foley put her hometown Inglewood on the map when she became the youngest player in history to win the country championships in a field of 396.

She backed up to win the Downs and South West Ladies Open Championship title.

Matching players many times her age is part of life for Foley who last year equalled Sam Hinze's Warwick women's course record of 69 in winning the Warwick Junior Classic. During 2011, she won junior classics at Toogoolawah, Beerwah, City, Bribie Island and Sandy Gallop.

She travelled to Newcastle to play for Golf Queensland and for the Greg Norman Foundation Queensland State of Origin teams in competitions.

Toowoomba boxer trainer Brendon Smith was guest speaker as a crowd of 150 attended.


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